Tuesday, March 13, 2018

San Rafael Patch

Today, Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin County) recognized Lucia Martel-Dow of the Canal Alliance as the North Bay's Woman of the Year. The Canal Alliance was the North Bay's 2017 Nonprofit of the Year and works to empower, support, and partner with involved immigrants in Marin County.

"Lucia Martel-Dow is fighting for the rights of immigrants when they need our help most," said Assemblymember Marc Levine. "Mrs. Martel-Dow has been instrumental in helping beloved members of our community. It is an honor to have a person of her caliber serve constituents here in the North Bay."

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Marin Independent Journal

By Mark Prado

The first steps toward investigating a third traffic westbound lane option on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge were approved Wednesday by a regional committee.

The Bay Area Toll Authority’s Oversight Committee OK’d spending $100,000 to study whether adding the lane is feasible and what it would take to accomplish the work.

“We have workers going to service jobs in (Marin) and they are stuck in a tremendous amount of congestion that continues to grow,” said Amy Worth, chairwoman of the committee, who represents the cities of Contra Costa County on the panel.

A third traffic lane on the bridge on the bottom, eastbound deck, is set to open next month at a cost of $27 million. It’s designed to ease evening commute traffic. A third lane on the north side of the upper deck coming into Marin has been envisioned for bicyclists and pedestrians, separated from car traffic by a movable median barrier. That work has just started.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Eureka Times Standard

By Ruth Schneider

A high number of bills dealing with cannabis regulation were introduced ahead of the mid-February filing deadline.

The new slate of bills cover a wide variety of topics ranging from when cannabis can be used on K-12 school campuses to what kind of penalties a retailer could face for selling cannabis to minors.

Here’s a look at what state legislators are considering this year:

Sun-grown commission >> Introduced by Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-Greenbrae), AB 2810 would create the Sun-Grown Cannabis Commission, a state entity that “will provide a voice for the small sun-grown cultivator,” according to Levine’s state website. The group would educate cultivators as well as look at agricultural best practices.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Government Technology

By Elizabeth Zima

A California legislator has introduced legislation that will force social media sites to protect users from bots and create a state privacy agency to regulate and protect consumers’ online information. The activity in Sacramento comes at a time of heightened urgency around these issues, including special counsel Robert Mueller's recent indictment of 13 Russians and three Russian companies for their use of bots on social media to diminish voter turnout in the 2016 presidential election.

“We saw the harm that this unregulated space could cause to citizens, and we decided to do something,” said Rep. Marc Levine, D-District 10. “There is just too much profit to be made off of real humans and bots,” he said.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Western Farm Press

A state bill introduced in Sacramento will require all eggs produced and sold in California to be cage-free by Jan. 1, 2024. The bill, AB 3021, is authored by Assembly members Marc Levine, D-San Franciso; Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield; and, Jose Medina, D-Riverside.

The bill recognizes the United Egg Producers cage-free national standards so farmers will know years in advance what is required to comply with the proposed law, and the legislation seeks to stagger the implementation of the hen housing requirements to ensure a steady supply while minimizing price volatility. Proponents argue the staggered approach will help maintain a ready supply of California compliant eggs and minimize any impacts on supply or price for California’s consumers.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018


By Benjamin Ebbink

As we discussed back in January, sexual harassment appears to be the hot topic for the California State Legislature’s 2018 session. This is certainly not a surprise, as issues related to sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement have dominated discussion across all industries and sectors of business, entertainment, sports, and politics.

Last Friday was the last day to introduce new bills for consideration during the 2018 legislative year. Therefore, we now have a good sense of the types of proposals that will be considered in 2018. The overwhelming majority of these proposals impose new requirements or liability on California businesses, so you will want to keep a close eye on these proposals as the year progresses.

Training Bills

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Assemblymember Marc Levine, a Marin County Democrat, early this week introduced Assembly Bill 2182, which would create the California Data Protection Authority (CDPA) to regulate Californians' personal data on the Internet. All technology companies that serve Californians on the Internet would be regulated by CDPA if the bill becomes law, according to Levine.

If enacted, the legislation would form the CDPA to develop regulations that ban social media websites from conducting potentially harmful psychological experiments on users, create ways for Californians to erase certain profiles and personal information, and standardize online user agreements.